The Week/Weekend: August 9-16

Jessica Rath: Take me to the apple breeder
Jack Hanley Gallery
August 09 – 31 2012

Rath’s porcelain sculptures allude to the odd forms and luminescent hues of little-known and endangered varieties, while large-scale photographic portraits document newly manufactured hybrid trees. These artifacts are designed to investigate diversity at a molecular level and human intervention in the natural world.

MY LOVE FOR YOU BURNS ALL THE TIME
348 South 4th
August 11-August 30

MY LOVE FOR YOU BURNS ALL THE TIME transforms the Packard Plant, Detroit’s notorious post-industrial behemoth, into a series of silver-plated fragments of a monument in miniature. Let’s call it Pirnanesian bling. Measured, documented, reconstructed instances suspend the ever-shifting site into a series of precisely scaled replicas of ruination. Some focus on the buildings’ acclaimed iconography: the water tower, the Grand Boulevard bridge. Others preserve unexceptional examples of architectural obsolescence: a reinforced column, a typical façade, an elevator shaft. Suspension here is a devise in the production of fetish-worthy fantasy, allowing an interminable return to an image of degradation that no longer exists in the material world. The copy, consequently, is rendered more auratic, more titillating.

Grand Central Library’s first Comic Extravaganza
Grand Central Library
Saturday, August 11

Do you sometimes wonder where all these superhero movies come from? Are you new to comics or a lifelong fan? Join us for a celebration of all things comic and super! (super hero, that is).
11:00 am – Toon Town: Comic Books and New York City by Kent Worcester
12:30 pm – Manga drawing instruction with Ivan Velez
2:00 pm – Comic Trivia with Geeks Out
4:00 pm – Comics Panel, featuring Marvel writer Greg Pak and Marvel editor Daniel Ketchum

My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town
Central Park 
August 11th

Guided conversation on the history of folk music through Woody Guthrie’s New York with Anna Canoni (Granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and researcher / licensing for “MY NAME IS NEW YORK: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town”), Tiffany Colannino, Woody Guthrie Archivist and Assistant Producer of “MY NAME IS NEW YORK: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town”, and Dom Flemons, a member of Carolina Chocolate Drops.

DAYNA KURTZ 
Barbes
Thursday, August 16

With vocal comparisons to Nina Simone and a musical style that pulls from jazz, blues and country, singer/songwriter Dayna Kurtz has found her best success not in America but in Europe. Kurtz started out as a folkie, but has expanded her influences over the years, creating a sound that fits in best with an Americana umbrella.

29th Annual Roots of American Music Festival: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird/Taylor Mac/Swamp Dogg
Hearst Plaza
Aug 12 at 1pm, 3pm, and 6pm (see full schedule)

Do politics belong in music? They sure do, especially when delivered as entertainingly as by this handful of radically independent singer-songwriters. Indie folk singer and activist Erin McKeown owes much to the topical songwriting of folk legend Tom Paxton. Bedazzled creature Taylor Mac and band perform selections of political songs from his upcoming 24-hour concert of the history of popular music. Daniel Kahn, whose Painted Bird has been called “the Yiddish Pogues,” is to klezmer music what blues singer Pura Fé, founder of a cappella trio Ulali, is to Native American music.

Underpinnings
House of Yes
Thursday, August 9th

Underpinnings presents a look into the wiry world of performance, dance, music, and fine art as interpreted by its involved artists. With motifs of peeling, multiple selves, sustainable creativity, streaming consciousness, power/submission, synth-art-pop, symbiotic siblingship, and sacrifice, each short individual act envelops viewers in an original experience. The performances will be followed by a party where drinks, video installation, and fine art will flow forth, served on a platter by the ritualistic art community that exists solely in Underpinnings.

Flux Thursday
Flux Factory
August 9th, 8 pm – 11 pm

Join us for Shake In/Shake Out, a special performance art edition of our monthly potluck dinner and art salon. Starting in the kitchen at 8pm we will feast and then at 9:00 we’ll head to the gallery for performances, video art, and installations curated by Fluxers Ye Taik, Lehna Huie, and Lena Hawkins.

Dom Flemons and Boo Hanks
Joe’s Pub
August 16

Music Maker Relief Foundation is pleased to announce the release of Dom Flemons’ & Boo Hanks’Buffalo Junction. This album is the result of a partnership between Piedmont-style blues guitarist Hanks and Flemons, who in 2011 won a Grammy Award and played the Newport Folk Festival with his group the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Hanks worked the tobacco fields near his Virginia home for the majority of his 83 years. In 2006 he began a partnership with Music Maker Relief Foundation that led to opportunities such as opening for the Chocolate Drops collaborating with Dom Flemons on their album, Buffalo Junction, named for Boo Hanks’ hometown. The album, which will be released June 19, 2012, features upbeat, country blues that crosses generational lines.

The World Beatbox Association presents:The 3rd Annual American Beatbox Championships
Le Poisson Rouge
Sun., August 12, 2012 / 6:00 PM

This year’s championship event will be presented over 2 days with the Grand Finals being held at Le Poisson Rouge as well as an opening night International Open Mic series at Littlefield performance arts gallery in Brooklyn. The event will feature beatboxers from across America with special showcases by reigning American champion J-Flo, three man ill, and Word of Mouth (Killa Beatz and Subconscious) of Toronto.

ALSARAH & THE NUBATONES
Barbes
Friday, August 10

Fronted by Sudanese singer Alsaraha, the group plays what they call “Nubian Soul”: a selection of Nubian ‘songs of return’ from the 1970s to today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan and southern Egypt. Featuring Alsarah – Vocals; Karine Fleurima – Vocals and Keys; Haig Manoukian – Oud; Rami El Aasser – Percussion and Mawuena Kodjovi – Bass.

The Lost Circus
Irondale
Saturday, August 11

The party, 9pm-late: Discover a circus long lost, with music from times gone by or times that never were: Amour Obscur (gypsy punk accordion vagabonds), Shayfer James (dark, danceable anthems of mischief), and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (riotous steampunk brass). DJ Joro Boro bridges the dust of Burning Man with the sounds of a rogue Slavic circus.

FringefestNYC
Various locations
August 10-26

The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues.

Streamline
Kansas Gallery
August 11 – September 08, 2012

Ryan Lauderdale, Owen Kydd, Ignacio Torres, Chloe Wessner, Constant Dullaart, Andrew Pomykalski, Juliette Bonneviot, Ann Hirsch, Kevin Kelly, Aude Pariset, Artie Vierkant, and Sarah Faux.

WoodStock Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl
SUN 8/12

SIXTIES MUSIC/MEMORABILIA SHOW. RARE ’60S PSYCHEDELIC, ROCK & ROLL, FILM/ COUNTER CULTURE POSTERS, VINTAGE CLOTHING/JEWELRY /AUTOGRAPHS/ARTWORK/COMICS/MUSIC/ COLLECTABLE EPHEMERA, FROM THE “DECADE OF CHANGE” CELEBRATING PEACE & LOVE!, PLUS SPECIAL GUEST LEGENDARY GUITARIST GENE CORNISH FROM BK’S OWN ’60S MUSIC ICONS THE YOUNG RASCALS

Détournement: Signs of the Times
Jonathan Levine 
August 8—25, 2012

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to presentDétournement: Signs of the Times, a group exhibition curated by Carlo McCormick, featuring work by a number of artists, including: AIKO, Dan Witz, David Wojnarowicz, Dylan Egon, Eine, Ilona Granet, Jack Pierson, John Law (Jack Napier), Leo Fitzpatrick, Mark Flood, Martin Wong, Max Rippon (RIPO), Mike Osterhout, Posterboy, Ron English, Shepard Fairey + Jamie Reid, Steve Powers (ESPO), TrustoCorp, Will Boone, Zevs

Other Mother Brothers
Cotton Candy Machine
August 10th to September 9th, 2012

Our next event is with three amazing NYC based artists, Jon Burgerman, Andrew Bell, and JK5 for the opening of ‘Other Mother Brothers’. Join us for a show filled with originals, prints, books, designer toys, apparel and more!

TERMINATOR TOO JUDGMENT PLAY
Santos
Aug 11, 2012

Get blasted by super-soakers! Witness the scorching of He-Man action figures! Be dazzled by James Cameron’s revolutionary action sequences and special effects… recreated LIVE (in true 3D)… with next to no budget at all! Think your Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation is the best around? Here’s your chance to prove it. For each show, the role of THE  TERMINATOR will be chosen from the audience… by the audience!  Don’t worry, we’ll provide all of Arnold’s complex, important dialogue on cue cards.

AMPLIFIED QUARTET – Jeremiah Cymerman, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Matt Bauder
Roulette
Thursday, August 9, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Matt Bauder (sax, electronics) Peter Evans (trumpet, amplifier) Nate Wooley (trumpet, amplifier)
After several performances as an amplified ensemble, the intense and uncompromising quartet of woodwind players Jeremiah Cymerman & Matt Bauder and trumpeters Nate Wooley & Peter Evans will convene at Roulette for two days of rehearsing & workshopping, leading up to a performance on August 9th.

RUFUS CAPPADOCIA’s ROOTS QUARTET
Barbes

Thursday, Aug 9

The cellist draws from “the similarities between seemingly diverse music forms such as blues, Sufi, Middle Eastern and even Gregorian chant.”.

FOUR TOURS : AUGUST 12, 18, 19 on GOVERNORS ISLAND
PROGRAMS MEET AT STORM KING’S VISITOR CENTER
AUGUST 12, 18, 19

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Socrates Sculpture Park, founded by Mark di Suvero, four artists who have exhibited at Socrates — Janelle Iglesias, Jory Rabinovitz, Rob Swainston, Lan Tuazon — will lead workshops and tours of the di Suvero exhibition and relate the exhibition to their own artistic practices.

The Secret Science Club presents Shark Mania! with Marine Biologist Hans
Thursday, August 16
The Bell House

Shark researcher Hans Walters of the New York Aquarium discusses his wet-and-wild work tagging and tracking sharks and curates a live-screening ofGreat White Highway, a new documentary debuting on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week that follows marine scientists as they pursue the mysterious migrations of great white sharks(Carcharodon carcharias).

Poetry from the Rooftops: Aracelis Girmay, A. Van Jordan & Tom Sleigh
Thurs., August 9, 6:30pm
The Arsenal Building in Central Park, 64th Street at 5th Avenue, NYC

Join us on Thursday, August 9 at 6:30pm for the third Poetry from the Rooftops of 2012. Aracelis Girmay, A. Van Jordan & Tom Sleigh will read from their work.

DAVID ULMANN QUINTET. CD Release Party for “Falling”
Barbes
Tuesday, August 14

David’s debut album, Hidden, was released in 2005 and was called ” an exciting record that reflects restless creativity.” by All About Jazz. David also composes music for film, most recently completing the score for “The Happy House,” a feature filn by D.W. Young. David’s first film project, Atsushi Funahashi’s “Echoes,” was well received by critics and film festivals, winning three Jury and Audience Awards at Annonay International Film Festival in France and the High Hope Award at the Munich International Film Festival.
With David Ullmann – Guitar; Chris Dingman – Vibes; Karel Ruzicka Jr. – Sax; Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums and Gary Wang – Bass.

Karen Marston: New Paintings
Vibrant Intersections
Livable Streets: Queens Style!
Deep In The Cut@ Mighty TanakaRoom No. 5 Circle of Arts and Pablo D’AntoniPolished work by artist Paul Catalanotto
The Post-Olympic City
Die Roten Punkte w/ special guest Jessica Delfino
Our Lady J
Birdy
BEE AND FLOWER are playing with friends BARBEZ and ULRICH ZIEGLER

COMING UP:

Joianne Bittle: On My Way Gone
Gypsy Fest
Al Green
The Fall of the American Movie Palace
Hour of Charm 

What Stirs.

by Matthew Cherry

Shall we cut our rhymes from that ridge of coal,
that crawls beneath the owl-watched pine?

So green,
my memory,
and true.

What does he see?
That ancient mare,
in earth stirring.

That blackening equine gaze,
those leonine thighs.

Pacing in circles,
the width of my gyre,
we wear a white-bird torque,
the study of sodium,
armor against a clean death by drought.

Her hands,
broken sticks,
slipped through my fingers.

We pressed on, alone,
through the desert,
white shadows cut from the cloth of fear.

Matthew Cherry is a Creative Studies graduate student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Central Oklahoma, and a veteran in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. His fiction has been published in Calliope magazine, Necrology Shorts, and The Nautilus Engine. His true loves include Chimay Blue and any English word with all five vowels in alphabetical order. Give up yet? ‘Facetious.’

NUIT BLANCHE, Paris, 2011 by Matt Mowatt.

Nuit Blanche, the tenth annual city-wide art exploration (“art walk” is a gross understatement when over 125 artists’ works are sprinkled all over the City of Light), was a personal success this year than the last (as I was stuck in an apartment with ex-pats waiting to leave for hours as they pre-gamed and played horrible music – see article: Waiting for Nuit Blanche). I took precautions not to invite too many friends and to plan an accurate itinerary of the exploration that began in northern Paris and ended in the center. The journey clocked in at about ten hours, shedding three or four people in the process, leaving me with three others at five in the morning.

Here’s a brief description of the pieces we encountered and where they were located:

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THE WEEK: SEPT 6-9.

WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES: B.C. EDWARDS LL BEN FAMA LL ELY SHIPLEY @ CORNELIA.
Tuesday, September 6 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm

B.C. EDWARDS lives in Brooklyn. He is the recipient of the 2011 Hudson Prize put out by Black Lawrence Press which will be publishing his collection of short fiction, The Aversive Clause in 2012 and his collection of poetry From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes in 2013. His work can be found in Red Line Blues, The Sink Review, Food-i-Corp, Hobart and others. His short story “Illfit” is being adapted into a piece by the Royal Ballet of Flanders. BEN FAMA is the author of the chapbook Aquarius Rising (UDP 2009) and NEW WAVES (Minutes Books). He is the founding editor of Supermachine Poetry Journal. His work has been featured in GlitterPony, notnostrums, LIT, Poor Claudia, and on the Best American Poetry Blog, among others. He has contributed tips to gawker, words to urban dictionary, and has an ongoing correspondence with Lady Gaga. ELY SHIPLEY’s first book, Boy with Flowers, won the 2007 Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips, the 2009 Thom Gunn Award, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His writing appears in the Western Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, Diagram, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. He holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah and currently teaches at Baruch College, CUNY. Hosted by Angelo Nikolopoulos $7 cover includes a house drink.

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THE WEEKEND: Sept 2-5.

BRIAN M. VIVEROS: RETURNING ART TO THE UNCLEAN @ LAST RITES.
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 3rd, 7:00pm-11:00pm.  Show runs Sept 3rd thru 25th, 2011.

Known for his strong and sensuous depictions of women, Brian M. Viveros is a master of contemporary iconography paying homage to the femme fatale. While he almost exclusively paints portraits, within the expressions of his women is conveyed such deep emotion and overwhelming sexuality that his work is undeniably erotic. Often without even a hint of nudity, the viewer is seduced with a mere pout and gaze from his subject’s faces.

In what will be Brian’s second showing at the gallery, the opening will feature an all new collection of original paintings, as well as special rare prints from the artist’s own collection; poster giveaway and signing; live “Smoking Army” performance; screening of Brian’s films along with his new short, and much more.

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THE WEEKEND May 13-14.

MakerBot Make-A-Thon // Experience Cutting-Edge Rapid Prototyping

MakerBot Make-A-Thon
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn NY
FREE

The MakerBot Thing-O-Matic is 1) a modern manufacturing breakthrough, and 2) also a lot of fun.

The 3rd Ward MakerBot Make-A-Thon is your chance to see these tiny factories in action, print awesome 3D objects and even a 3D portrait of yourself.

MakerBot Artist-in-Residence Kyle McDonald will be presenting his work turning the Xbox Kinect into a 3D Scanner.  He will scan you in his 3D Photo Booth, then print you using the MakerBot.

The Makerbot prints anything up to 4”x5”x5” with ABS and PLA (biodegradable) plastic. All you do is hit print, and the machine does all the work. Print 100 butterflies, an entire chess set — anything! And see a 9 foot-wide geodesic dome, printed entirely on the MakerBot.

Learn more about the MakerBot and the 3rd Ward Make-A-Thon in The New York Times here.

Plus, win prizes from MakerBotApress Books, and MAKE Magazine!

RSVPs are required at http://www.3rdward.com/rsvp

MakerBot Industries was named one of the top 20 startups in NYC, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Make: Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, The Economist and others. For more information on MakerBot, click here and see photos of the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic here.

Learn more about Kyle McDonald’s Xbox Kinect hack in this 3rd Ward blog post.


BYE BYE KITTY @JAPAN SOCIETY. Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art
Friday, March 18 — Sunday, June 12

Bye Bye Kitty!!! is a radical departure from recent Japanese exhibitions. Moving far beyond the stereotypes of kawaii and otaku culture, Japan Society’s show features sixteen emerging and mid-career artists whose paintings, objects, photographs, videos, and installations meld traditional styles with challenging visions of Japan’s troubled present and uncertain future.

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MY W. B. YEATS

Timothy Donnelly, Philip Levine, and Rosanna Warren, with Eamon Grennan

Saturday, May 14, 2:30pm
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An event curated by noted Irish poet Eamon Grennan, with American poets reading and responding to Yeats’ work and exploring the influence of this literary giant on their own poetry.

Co-sponsored by Culture Ireland, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Admission is free.

Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street


THE BLACK LIGHT LOUNGE@ SECRET PROJECT ROBOT.

Saturday, May 14 8-11pm.
How awesome would it be to walk into a room filled salon style with black light posters and art!?  This Spring Secret Project Robot creates the long awaited fluorescent opulence.  Over 30 artists participate to transform the gallery into a black light cocktail lounge.

THE ART OF MONEY: PERSONAL FINANCE RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
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Join the Department of Cultural Affairs, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment for a day of FREE financial counseling sessions and workshops designed to help working artists, arts administrators, and independent workers reduce debt and manage credit.

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011
Information Fair, Workshops and Counseling Sessions 12 PM – 5 PM
Post Event Reception 5 PM – 7 PM
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation | 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

OPENING REMARKS BY
Kate D. LevinCommissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Marty MarkowitzBrooklyn Borough President
Jimmy Van BramerNew York City Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., New York City Council Member and Chair of the Finance Committee
Colvin GrannumPresident, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Danny SimmonsChair of New York State Council on the Arts and Artist



Love Your Library Day!

Saturday, May 14, 10 AM – 3 PM
Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza

As Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) faces a city budget cut that could reduce library hours, materials and free programs, we need your support!

Show your elected officials how much you love BPL by coming to this important, fun event on Central Library’s Plaza.

10 AM – 3 PM: Book, T-shirt and tote bag sale
10 AM – 12 PM: Performance by BPL’s own Lost in the Stacks
12 – 1 PM: Advocacy rally
1 PM: Performance by Vo-Duo, a group inspired by the vodou music traditions of Haiti

You can also use our computers to email your elected officials to say NO to budget cuts and remind them how much your library means to you.

Suggested donation for the event is $5. This donation, as well as proceeds from book, T-shirt and tote bag sales, will help purchase new library materials.


CROSSING ART GALLERY
Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 PM

136-17 39th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354

QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, in partnership with Crossing Art Gallery, presents the First Annual Performance Art Festival of Queens featuring new works by local, national and international performance artists.  This year’s program, ITINERANT, focuses on works that treat notions of displacement, delivery, and transformation.  Participating artists use performance narratives and actions that evoke immediacy and intimacy to bridge the gap of communication and distance. (READ MORE.)


Shadow-stalkers and Resurrected Chickens:
Animals on the Road to Paradise

Saturday, May 14 at 7 pm
$5 admission
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Stories about the journey to paradise, in religious and literary traditions, feature animals as both obstacles and allies.
In Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf, Grendel is the “shadow-stalker” the hero must slay
to prove himself and attain an earthly paradise; on the medieval pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela, Spain,
there is still an ornate chicken coop housing a pure white rooster and hen in the cathedral in one town
to commemorate a pilgrim’s miraculous escape from disaster.

What beasts block our roads or assist us on the way?

Rev. Craig Townsend presents an evening of tales, images, and soundscape evoking and exploring
the human-animal interactions that illuminate both the journey and its goal.  

Craig Townsend is an Episcopal priest serving as Vicar at St. James’ Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
He has a Ph.D. from Harvard that, while focused on American religious history, also entailed
the study of the world’s major religious traditions.

Please visit the Proteus Gowanus website for more news and information about upcoming events.

SXIP SHIREY’s B-DAY at Joe’s Pub.
Saturday, May 14 at 9 pm
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It’s my birthday next month and as a present to myself I’m doing a big “solo show” at Joe’s Pub with some of my very favorite NYC artists who I haven’t had a chance to perform with much or at all. (Aside from Adam but…he’s ADAM) Adam Matta, Ned Rothenberg, Terry Dame, Rachelle Garniez, Racheal Price, Sonny Singh and Xavier.

I will be presenting an expanded version of the Sxipenspiel. I also have a new device called a gravity marble tree…and a perfect Sam Cook styled R & B tune to be sung by Xaxier. I am going to do “Ring My Bell with Rachel Price and I’ll be performing an improv piece with the amazing Ned Rothenberg. PLUS I do a rendition of a composition by Shelley Segal.Very exited to announce that Mathias Kunzli will be the percussionist for the evening.


A brief interview with Sxip about the show and participants:

THE 22: Variations and experiments in breath seem to play a large role in both yours and Ned’s work. Besides the fact that you both play reed instruments do you feel you push the boundaries of the human body as a musical tool?

SXIP SHIREY: I don’t think I am pushing the boundaries of the human body honestly. Back in my 20s when I wanted to be a punk Michael Hedges I ended up with tendinitis for two years. The first time Ned saw me play he commented on how tense I held my body when I played. He plays with such a focused relaxed quality and puts the intensity just in music. He circular breaths beautifully, which is pushing the body in a sense, but really what is great about him is the calm control of tones that are ever evolving and unwieldy. My playing is definitely a product directly of what my body is doing. Modern dancers sense this and they love my performance, but I don’t think I’m pushing the body, I am pushing the instrument. Oh shit..I just reread the question. I see what you are asking now. I didn’t think of breath as pushing the boundaries of the human body as a musical tool, I just did it. Breath is a rhythm we all understand deeply, it is the most intimate rhythm we make that we can easily hear (unlike a heart beat), there is incredible power in making this intimate sound epic. I am ever creating a palette of compelling of sounds that that I can draw from to take me and the audience to effective places.

THE 22: What are you thoughts on the traditions in music versus the basic elemental pleasure of sound? Is either more important?

SXIP SHIREY: I am finding this question hard to answer. It’s not that either is important or not important. It’s just not the issue. I make sound and music because I have to. It’s what I have to do, sometimes it’s a song with guitar, sometimes it’s playing folks songs, sometimes it’s rolling marbles in glass bowls, sometimes it’s tweaking virtual synths on the computer. It’s all the same to me.

THE 22: What about each of these musician’s appeal to you in collaboration and why did you chose to share this birthday celebration with them?

SXIP SHIREY:They are musicians who have an immediately strong seductive presence the moment they play or sing. They are people I simply like hearing and will go out to hear when I am in NYC. I thought it would be great to actually play with them. Most of them are not my normal collaborators.

THE 22: Can you tell us a little about the SxipenspieI and gravity marble tree?

SXIP SHIREY: The Sxipenspiel is perhaps my favorite birthday gift of all time. I was on tour with Amanda Palmer and Jason Webely’s Evelyn Evelyn tour and my birthday fell on a day we were in Berlin. Amanda and Neil went to a flea market in Berlin and bought these great bicycle bells that do a trilling long tone. They mounted them on a candlestick with a bent copper pipe at the top and dubbed it “The Sxipenspiel”. It’s a totally awkward instrument that sounds somehow amazing. I’ve learned to play it gracefully and I play it a lot. There is something magical sounding about it.

Bells historically are used to give us directions. “it’s time to go to church” “come to the door I am here” ” the egg is done cooking”. There is certain power to use them as a compositional element because their sound stimulates those parts of the brain.

Also check out the WSJ article.

THE 22 MAGAZINE PRESENTS: The Three Furies, Writing with a Vengeance

Sunday, May 15—5:00pm
A Gathering of the Tribes
285 East Third Street (between Ave C & D) #2
(212) 674-3778
A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES
THE 22 MAGAZINE
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Known as “the Angry Ones” in Greek myth, the Furies were a trio of vengeful women born from the blood drops of the castrated appendage of Uranus (whose Titan son, Cronus, did him a dirty turn). They were psychological tormentors, the personification of vindictiveness and retribution. In art they were represented as winged creatures wearing nothing but snakes. In this reading by emerging writers Jamey Bradbury, Ansel Elkins, and Thera Webb—recent graduates of the MFA program in creative writing at University of North Carolina-Greensboro—they will forego niceties and read from an unforgiving selection of their latest work. If you’re bored with bucolic love poems, or have recently be wronged by a paramour, this Gathering of the Tribes is the place to savor the sweet taste of revenge.

Ansel Elkins

has poems appearing this spring in Boston Review, Mississippi Review, Ninth Letter, The American Scholar, The Believer and The Southern Review. She is one of four winners of the 2011 “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry prize. She lives in North Carolina.

Jamey Bradbury

has appeared in Black Warrior Review and is forthcoming in Zone 3. She is a literary assistant in Vermont, and is working on her first novel and a collection of short stories.

Thera Webb

is a radical feminist and resident of Brooklyn. She received her MFA in poetry from UNC Greensboro, and has had work in Fiction (JP) and Forklift, Ohio. Her chapbook, On The Shoulders of the Bear, was released this fall from Fractious Press. 


TONIGHT AT CENTRAL BOOKING: EARTHWORKS.

Paul Tecklenberg, Barbara Siegel, Anne Gilman

EARTHWORK

April 14 – June 12, 2011

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14, 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: Thursday, May 12, 6:30pm ($5)

“Earthwork” is an exhibition in which nineteen international artists look at the earth from all edges of it. Drawn, photographed, printed, cut, hacked, diced, assembled, witnessed, with resonating metaphors, these artists present their interpretations of the stuff we gravitate to.

W. David Powell combs discarded science textbooks to scavenge images, while the texts of Tania Kovats tell a different tale. David Redfern collages an advertisement of the truly high cost of the low cost of oil. Barbara Siegel recreates the study of a geologist through his own studies, a warm and inviting installation; Maureen Piggins uncovers the geologist by peeling away the layers.

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